Building a gaming PC for the first time. $1500-2000 budget

Okay, so i'm building my first gaming PC and im sticking to a budget no higher then $2000. I want to be able to play pretty much every game on ultra with 60+ FPS, eveon on far cry 3. I've put together a build I think will do the job, but since it is my first build, i want to know what other people think about it.

Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper Black Case
Ram: Corsair 16G (4x4GB) Vengeance
Motherboard: Asus P9X79 MB, Socket 2011, X79
CPU: Intel CORE i7 3820/3.60GHz/10MB CACHE/4CORES
Power Supply:Thermaltake Tough Power XT 875W
SSD: Kingston 120G HyperX SSD SATA 3
HDD: Seagate SATA3 2TB 7200RPM Barracuda 64mb
GPU:Gigabyte GF GTX 670 OC EDITION PCI-E 3.0 2GB 256-bit DDR5, Base: 980 Boost: 1058/6008 MHz
And just a blue ray/dvd burner

Let me know what you think and what else I could do to better the build
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  1. if this is a gamingmachine dont use the i7....the i7 is just a i5 with hyperthreading...which games dont use..just productivity apps.

    no need for 16gb of ram..todays games use only 4-5gb

    875w is way overkill for that..unless your gonna overclock and go sli with big gpu's.
  2. If you want to max out FarCry 3, yuo will need a dual GPU setup, such as dual 7970's. Also, you are spending way too much on the CPU and Motherboard. Get an i5 3570k and a Z77 motherboard. Spend leftover money on a good CPU cooler. In addition, you only need 8GB of RAM for gaming. I can make a build for you if you wait a couple minutes.
  3. if you plan to do an overclock on your processor ... i7-3770K is a better choice :-).
  4. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HamI
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HamI/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HamI/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($127.97 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($445.91 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($445.91 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($149.34 @ Best Buy)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($125.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1906.04
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 02:04 EST-0500)

    This build will do amazing for your budget.
  5. hasappra said:
    if you plan to do an overclock on your processor ... i7-3770K is a better choice :-).


    Actually there is very little difference between the i5 3570k and the i7's in gaming. An i5 3570k overclocked with a good CPU cooler for $300 will destroy an i7 3770k with a stock fan for $300. The only advantage the i7 has over the i5 is hyperthreads, which aren't used by games, making the i5 3570k the best processor for gaming.
  6. plasmaj12345 said:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HamI
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HamI/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HamI/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($127.97 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($445.91 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($445.91 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($149.34 @ Best Buy)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($125.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1906.04
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 02:04 EST-0500)

    This build will do amazing for your budget.



    a 150$ case?
  7. ARICH5 said:
    a 150$ case?


    Most Full Tower cases cost at least $100. Anything past a basic full tower case is just preference. I used the same case that was used in the op. The budget is $2000, so as long as the build is under the budget its fine. If the OP really wants to save money, the op can buy a cheaper case and a cheaper CPU cooler.
  8. the op never mentioned overclocking anyway...the stock cooler is fine. a HAF would be nice.
  9. Thanks, Im going to go grab a i5 processor now and a second GTX 670 and mount another 200mm fan onto the case
  10. plasmaj12345 said:
    Actually there is very little difference between the i5 3570k and the i7's in gaming. An i5 3570k overclocked with a good CPU cooler for $300 will destroy an i7 3770k with a stock fan for $300. The only advantage the i7 has over the i5 is hyperthreads, which aren't used by games, making the i5 3570k the best processor for gaming.


    In most games, yes, you're correct, but of course depends on what kind of games that the OP is playing. For example, civilization 5 and skyrim seem to be affected by the processor too. If still under budget, don't hesitate to buy i7-3770K. It's still a better choice, but not for better value hahahaha.
  11. plasmaj12345 said:
    Actually there is very little difference between the i5 3570k and the i7's in gaming. An i5 3570k overclocked with a good CPU cooler for $300 will destroy an i7 3770k with a stock fan for $300. The only advantage the i7 has over the i5 is hyperthreads, which aren't used by games, making the i5 3570k the best processor for gaming.


    In most games, yes, you're correct, but of course depends on what kind of games that the OP is playing. For example, civilization 5 and skyrim seem to be affected by the processor too. If still under budget, don't hesitate to buy i7-3770K. It's still a better choice, but not for better value hahahaha.
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